This Is For You If New Music Takes Time To Grow On You

June 29, 2020

Nigerian music has definitely come a long way since the last decade. Liking the new content is such a straight line for some people — they get hooked right from the first listen. However, some people don’t recognise a hit immediately they hear one. They choose to walk across a long and agonising route before they allow themselves to be drawn to the magic of the song. If this is you, this is probably how it goes for you:

At first, you are convinced that the song is total garbage

There was a hype leading to the release of the song, but you didn’t participate in it. You weren’t expecting much from it, anyway. When the song was released and you gave it a chance, you knew it wasn’t going to cut it for you.

Then you try to spoil it for other people

Because you think you are cool and know only the cool things, you trash the song when you talk to everyone you know who likes it. You take every element of the song apart and give whoever cares to listen “a comprehensive list” of why it sucks. You feel like that’s your contribution to the culture.

But the song keeps playing everywhere you go

Since everybody, except you, thinks the song is a banger, it’s the only thing you hear in every corner you turn to. Your life is literally hell now, and there is no way you can escape it. In fact, the lyrics are now etched in your subconscious. You didn’t plan for this to happen; it just did.

You sort of like the song now, but you hate to admit it

You gasp in horror the first time you caught yourself singing the song. Then you realise that this has been happening at random times. That’s not even the worst part; you sing the song gleefully.

Now, you slowly change your stance

It seems like you are rediscovering the song; every note, every instrument, every lyric. It is a tough pill to swallow for you, but you realise just how much of a hit the song is.

Finally, you become obsessed

The song can’t catch a break from you anymore. It’s the one thing on your playlist that you repeatedly listen to. Sometimes, you wonder how this happened because you can’t think of a single reason you’ve become obsessed with a song you initially thought was mediocre.

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